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Why the Nun was raped?

It is a big question that why the nun was raped if we put little stress on the ongoing theories. Still, there is no answer but speculations are many. Eight persons were detained in connection with the rape of a 72-year-old nun in a school at Ranaghat in West Bengal’s Nadia district. Police officials claimed that it was not a case of gang-rape. Even the eye-witnesses, other nuns, too told that it was not a gang rape because only one person took the nun towards room and there after they don’t know what happened; they just found her on floor. Through this statement, it has established that only one person had raped her. Surprisingly, the police have made zero arrests in the case. Whenever, media and political parties build pressure on police, they detain some ‘innocent’ young guys and come up with the theory. However, in their quest to nab the culprits, the police have been illegally detaining persons for more than 24 hours. Despite having CCTV footage, which has identified four of the accused, the police still appear clueless about the men and their identity. This is a crass abuse of human rights and the Code of Criminal Procedure to be detaining anyone for more than 24 hours and not producing him in court or letting him off.

The police have not been able to produce a single person in court and have been arbitrarily detaining people from around the district. This is just a face saving exercise by the police.

Most unexpectedly, the security personnel of the convent were questioned only on Saturday. Police delayed in questioning the security personnel, but they should be interrogated first. Actually, the moment this senior nun (rape victim) was appointed as a school principal, immediately she sacked two security guards. Those security guards were very much angry with her. There were more than 15 security guards in school to protect nun’s residences in shifts. Senior nun was strict in nature so other nuns were not in ‘good terms’ with her in school. Sources said the insiders hired goons to attack and rob her but rape was a remote possibility. She puts everything in her own custody.

Most of the security personnel are men from Begopara locality, outside the main township. It has one of the most beautiful churches of Bengal (probably 3rd largest). There is also a famous mosque at Nasrapara, outskirt of the town. The church and mosque had rivalry over land issues. Most of the people residing in Begopara are converted to Christianity. It is one of the dangerous localities in the area. Young residents of this area are working as labourers in Middle East. You can see only ladies, small and old men in the area. As men of the community earning well, so most of the young guys are into the business of robbery, theft, illegal activities. Such converted Christians are not well respected by the main and original Christians. In short, Christians are getting back the fruits from the seeds they sowed in this soil through conversion. Moreover, they are now doing ‘Ghar Wapsi’ by re-converting to Hinduism. This might be the reason, why Mamata Banerjee is politicizing the issue by attacking Modi and BJP.

Reports are there that two Bangladeshi nationals have also been detained, based on their alleged similarity with the sketches of those who barged into the convent in the early hours on March 14. Nadia shares its border with Bangladesh. Anyways, National Crime Records Bureau data of 2012 puts Nadia (146) in third position in number of rapes after South 24-Parganas (224) and Murshidabad (174). It is while digging through police records that they discovered the huge number of rapes the district records every month. This year, these figures might have gone up miserably. Bengal police had failed to catch the rapists in many such incidences. Police couldn’t round up the culprits when their pictures are on camera. It is a serious lapse on the part of the administration.

Sister Superior of Convent of Jesus and Mary, also failed to describe the rapists inspite of broad light incidence. As per church sources, she has been asked to leave Ranaghat and keep quiet, as the culprits belong to same community. These arrests may decline the probabilities of conversions further.

Christians in West Bengal are minority. As per the 2001 census, there were 515,150 Christians in West Bengal, or 0.6% of the total population. Although since Mother Teresa worked in Kolkata (Calcutta), Christianity gained lots of hold here. West Bengal has the highest number of Bengali Christians. Bengali Christians have been established since the 16th century with the advent of the Portuguese in Bengal. Many upper-class Bengalis converted to Christianity during the Bengali renaissance under British Rule, including Krishna Mohan Banerjee, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Anil Kumar Gayen, and Gnanendramohan Tagore. Christian missionaries run major social institutions dealing with Education and Healthcare in the state, such as those by the Jesuit Catholics, and the Protestant Assembly of God and Church of North India. Conversion is another big event organised by these people here.

Definitely, Nun rape has got nothing to do with Ghar Wapsi or right wing aggression. This is an action called for reaction due to their inner disharmony and differences.

Read Part – 1 :: Who raped the Nun?

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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